Providence woman admits selling fake immigration & Social Security cards

24 July 2006: Julia Pansoy-Calel, 51, of Providence, Rhode Island has pled guilty to selling counterfeit immigration and Social Security identification cards.

United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente, and Matthew J. Etre, acting special agent-in-charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New England, announced the guilty plea, which Pansoy-Calel entered yesterday in U.S. District Court before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.

At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose said that the government could prove that, twice in December 2005, Pansoy-Calel sold sets of counterfeit Resident Alien cards, also known as green cards, and fake Social Security account cards for $125 a set. On March 29, she sold two sets for $260. On each occasion, photographs that the buyer had given her had been inserted into the fake green cards.

Agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, along with Providence Police detectives, arrested Pansoy-Calel in May.

Pansoy-Calel pled guilty to four counts of transferring identification documents for unlawful use. The maximum penalty for each count is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for September 15. Pansoy-Calel is detained in lieu of bail.